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Matt Care RIP

Very shocked today to learn of the sudden, tragic death of Matt Care.Matt Care

Matt played a huge part as a volunteer in the restoration of sb Cambria, spending many hours wielding a paint brush.   He also ran the Cambria’s website and wrote a blog about the restoration, even continuing for a considerable time after he and his wife Elizabeth moved to Ireland, her home.

There they lived in a farmhouse with a smallholding and began keeping animals, expanding the variety over the years and keeping us all avidly reading about the pigs, the sheep, the goats, the ducks, etc, and of course all the work done on the house.

Matt was a man of many interests  –  from the lovely little westies to Citroen 2CVs, to fishing smacks.   He was posting on Facebook regularly.

From a chance remark I made about how Tilbury power station in the background spoilt a picture of Cambria, he wove together a story that I loved pictures of power stations and kept posting them!   Here’s how I shall remember Matt.  He said he wasn’t asleep, in a hammock on Cambria at St Kat’s.  Matt Care on board Cambria at St Katherine's Dock

From the photograph at the top of the page it can be seen how full of life he always was.  What a tragedy that he has been taken at such an early age.

We send our deepest sympathy to Elizabeth and all the family.




Video of Cambria’s derigging

Excellent video of Cambria being derigged at the end of the season, which took place at Faversham recently.

Here’s the link.

Thanks to Matt Care for pointing it out and Mark Chapman for publishing the video.

Cambria has a new website, but the Blog is still there

Readers of The Barge Blog may well have cast their eyes over Cambria’s website in the past.   Well yesterday saw a change in that a new Cambria website went live.  The original one,, was very much geared towards the restoration project, and it was felt that something more appropriate to the barge’s future, as a charter vessel, was needed.   So the address above is no more, (although you will we think be re-directed), and the sparkling new website is at

Never fear though, much of the story of Cambria has been transferred to the new site, together with the great pictures.   And the blog is still there, under the News tab, with all sorts of news and stories, as written by Matt Care.

(picture of Cambria at new Town Pier pontoon, Gravesend, by Dave Brooks)

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